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Local motorcycles could grab Asia market

Local motorcycles could grab Asia market

A Bangladesh-manufactured Walton Motorcycle. Source:

Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER

DHAKA, JAN 5: The country’s emerging motorcycle industry could grab a significant portion of the Asian market if provided with proper government policy support, stakeholders said on Thursday.

The manufacturers, importers, dealers involved in the motorcycle industry demanded access to finance, energy security and infrastructure development to continue the industry’s impressive growth, which was 25 per cent last year. The stakeholders were speaking at a meeting on “Developing policy guideline for basic motorcycle manufacturing industry in Bangladesh” organised by International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) in the capital.

Md Mojibur Rahman, chairman of Bangladesh Tariff Commission, was present as the chief guest. ABM Khorshed Alam, additional secretary at the Ministry of Industries, Md Shah Alam Khan, member (Customs), National Board of Revenue, and Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury, president of IBFB, were also present.

M Kamal Uddin, director of Institute of Appropriate Technology, BUET, presented a keynote paper at the meeting.

“The tariff policy needs revision, especially the supplementary duties has to be reduced,” said Md Lokman Hossain, international marketing manager of Walton Automobiles, leading motorcycle manufacturer of Bangladesh.

“The bicycle industry gets 15 per cent cash incentives for exports, but we aren’t getting any. We have manpower and technology. We only need government’s support,” Hossain said. The raw material procurement policy and technology transfer mechanism should also be in place to rev up the industry growth, he added.

Motorcycle sales each year in the developing countries account for 90 per cent of the world consumption, Kamal Uddin in his paper said.

“Honda Motors of Japan dominated the Asian motorcycle industry because of their strong R&D, proper management and innovation,” Kamal said. The government has to formulate technology development and innovation policy and national skill committee to develop skilled manpower for this sector, he added.

China is currently leading the motorcycle production in Asia, accounting for 50 per cent of the total production of 17 million units per year.

India produces 5 million, Japan 1.5 million and Vietnam 2 million units per year.

Bangladesh motorcycle industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Stakeholders are expecting a 25 per cent annual growth in the next five years.

The domestic demand is met by imports from Japan, India, Taiwan, China and Pakistan.

Kamal said a regulatory body should be formed inside Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), with representations from FBCCI, BSTI, NBR and BUET, to coordinate among different bodies in the industry.

Bangladesh motor industry has three types of motorcycle suppliers: importers, assemblers and manufacturers.

The industry has three divisions: CBU (Completely Build-up Unit), CKD or SKD  (Completely or Semi Knocked Down) and manufacturing. Few local enterprises like Walton Automobiles and Runner Automobiles have taken initiatives to manufacture motorcycles locally.

Road Master Ltd, Honda and Bajaj are going to set up manufacturing plants soon.


BRS invents new gas stove

BRS invents new gas stove
Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER

DHAKA, JAN 5: The BRS Engineering Works, a leading manufacturer of gas stove has invented a new gas stove at Lalbagh in the city, that consumes 30 per cent less gas, says a press release.

The proprietor of BRS, M Mujibul Hoque said he has used imported parts to develop the stove and has named it Flame King Gas Stove. It will save a huge quantity of natural gas, a national wealth. According to the press release, BRS has been engaged in manufacturing gas stove for many years. Mujibul noticed that traditional burners require too much gas and the developed new invented gas stoves  reduce consumption.

Mujibul said everyone should use new stoves in national interest.

BRS offers two year’s warranty for new gas stoves.

Intraco to assemble Ambassador car

Intraco to assemble Ambassador car
Author / Source : Jasim Uddin Khan

Dhaka, Dec 23: Intraco group, the leading CNG conversion company in the country will assemble India’s Hindustan Motors’ iconic Ambassador car. The company management last week talked with Hindustan Motors India and advanced into an ‘in principal agreement’ in this connection.

Intraco group, the owning company of Agrabad Hotel, Chittagong is constructing a factory at Savar aiming to assemble 200 Ambassador Car per month in Bangladesh within next two years. “Initially, we will be importing the Ambassador car to Bangladesh as a complete built unit (CBU), which has already started on a trial basis. When the volume attains a certain number, we will also bring as completely knocked down (CKD). We have entered into an in-principle understanding with Hindhustan Motors India,” Riyadh Ali, Managing Director of Intraco Group said. He said the aim is to use Ambassador cars as taxicabs for Dhaka’s road.

Once widely popular for both personal and institutional use, the Ambassador lost its popularity, despite India becoming a hot spot for global car makers. The car’s diesel engines (1.5 litre and 2.0 litre) are yet to attain BS-IV emission norms, made mandatory in 13 major cities from April 2010. In 2010-11, HM sold 10,097 vehicles, compared to 11,003 in 2009-10. Sales of the Ambassador dropped to about 6,600 last year, compared to a little over 8,000 in the previous year. It has since further declined, with sales so far being only half of the previous year.

The company is working on a new-look Ambassador, with changes in both exterior and interior design, to attract the younger generation. The vehicle, which the company believes will help it stay relevant in the present market, is likely to be unveiled next year.

Intraco group started business from residential hotel to Real Estate, Shipping Lines, Cold Storage, Yarn & Dying has achieved around 150% growth from its 18 sister concerns.

UK farm plans to set up $25m door lock manufacturing plant

UK farm plans to set up $25m door lock manufacturing plant

DHAKA, Dec 1 (BSS)- APECS UK, a chemical door hardware manufacturer, today said it would set up a manufacturing plant in Bangladesh to manufacture door locks and handles.

Initially, the company in collaboration with Bangladeshi and Chinese entrepreneurs will invest 25 million US dollars to set up the unit.

This was revealed at a meeting between Industries Minister Dilip Barua and a delegation comprising entrepreneurs of Bangladesh, China and the UK at the former’s office here, said an official release.

Managing director of Multidrive Ltd Sadek H Chowdhury, general manager Gopeswar Debnath, official of APECS UK Andrey Gorcharov, Chinese entrepreneurs Li Guang You, Su Zhiyon and Zhang were present.

They said the plant would produce 50 lakh unit door locks and hardware annually and create 300 employment opportunities.

During the meeting, they discussed various issues including China’s rising labour cost that is prompting Chinese investors to relocate their factories in countries, including Bangladesh, for cheaper labour cost.

Dilip Barua said Bangladesh is now offering lucrative investment-friendly facilities to attract foreign investment here.

The facilities include simplified work permit, hundred percent investment return and reinvestment, he added.

Joint venture plant to be set up to produce spare parts for jute mills

Joint venture plant to be set up to produce spare parts for jute mills

DHAKA, Nov 24 (BSS) – A state-owned Bangladeshi enterprise will set up a joint venture plant upgrading the existing facility with an Indian company to produce spare parts for jute mills, officials said here today.

“We hope the proposed joint venture plant will export machinery and spare parts after meeting the needs of jute mills in the country,” Textiles Minister Latif Siddiqui told newsmen at his ministry.

He said the draft of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the proposed venture between the state-owned Galfra-Habib Limited and Indian Lagan Engineering Company Limited (LECL) was finalized today at an inter- ministerial meeting as the deal is expected to be inked next week.

Earlier briefing newsmen on the proposed venture, secretary of the ministry Mohammad Ashraful Moqbul said the proposed venture would cost Taka 6 crore of which the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) would provide half of the amount while the Indian company would bear the rest.

Moqbul said the Chittagong-based Galfra-Habib Limited, an affiliate of the BJMC, was so far producing tools and spare parts for jute mills but under the JVC it would now be upgraded and modernized.

Moqbul said that Lagan would install modern manufacturing machine and provide technical assistance to the joint vsture plant.

Bangladesh currently needs to import spare parts at high price but the proposed venture could supply them at a much cheaper price, he said.

“After signing the MoU an operational agreement will be signed for final production,” the secretary said.

Earlier, the draft was approved after vetting from the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry.

Minister for Textiles & Jute Abdul Latif Siddique who presided over the meeting said the government has taken the initiative to make Galfra-Habib Limited a modern and profitable tools factory in the country.

“Awami League led government as well as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has consented to reopen jute mills, which were closed during the last BNP-Jamaat regime, said Abdul Latif Siddique. He said the government reopened two jute mills and two more will be reopened in March 2012.

Among others, secretary of the ministry Md Ashraful Moqbul, Chairman of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), director Foreign Affairs Ministry Md Harun Al-Rashid, Dr Narayan Chandra Singh, financial analyst of Finance Ministry, joint secretary of Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry Abu Ahmed Jamadar and deputy secretary of Commerce Ministry Md Sadar Ali Biswas, Finance and Law and Parliamentary Affairs were present at the meeting.

Bicycle parts made in Jhenidah

Districts in Focus
Bicycle parts made in Jhenidah
Azibor Rahman, Jhenidah

A small factory in Jhenidah is making brisk business making bicycle spare parts. The factory — Modern Cycle Parts Industry — produces high quality items to sell in Jhenidah and neighbouring districts.

Chief parts maker and supervisor Shamsul Islam said, “We make 11 kinds of bicycle parts and sell to different districts in Bangladesh. We make carriers, side stands, relay clamps, springs, carrier springs, lock clips, bell clamps, etc.”

Shiba Nanda Das, the factory owner, said he procures raw materials from Dhaka. He needs to procure iron bars, fine wires and plain sheets. He sells the parts to wholesalers in Meherpur, Jessore, Magura, Kushtia, Faridpur, Naogaon and Satkhira.

Islam said, “We can make 250 stands a day, 40 carriers, 500 springs, and 50 dozen relay clamps.”

Shiba said, “Carriers cost Tk 200 to make and sell for Tk 215, side stands cost Tk 40 and sell for Tk 42.50, relay clamps cost Tk 14 a dozen and sell for Tk 16, a spring costs Tk 7 and sells for Tk 8, lock clips cost Tk 10 a dozen and sell for Tk 12, bell clamps cost Tk 63 a dozen and sell for Tk 65.”

The parts are painted with zinc to protect from rusting.

Monirul Islam, an assistant at the factory, said, “We are able to run our families from our earnings at the factory. Although it is a district-based factory, we supply a large number of parts to different districts all around the country.”

In addition, wholesale buyers come to the factory to collect spare parts too, he said.

Sabdar Hossain, an owner of a cycle parts shop, said, “Most owners of cycle shops in Jessore buy a huge quantity of parts from Jhenidah. All the parts are of good quality.”

Shariful Islam, another cycle shop owner in Kaliganj upazila town, said, “We buy cycle parts from the local factory. We get good profits by selling the parts. ”

Miraz Hossain, a wholesale parts seller in Kushtia, said, “I buy cycle parts from here and supply to different markets in Kushtia and Magura.”

Shiba said, “I need funds at the moment to expand business operations. It will also help to employ a good number of people in the area.”

Pragati’s Pajero SUV handed over to president

Pragati’s Pajero SUV handed over to president
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka

Industries minister Dilip Barua on Tuesday handed over the key of a modern Pajero Sports Utility Vehicle, assembled by the local automobile engineers of state owned Pragati Industries Ltd, to president Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban in Dhaka.

On the occasion, the industries minister apprised the president that the Pragati Industries Ltd, an enterprise under the industries ministry, has recently assembled two Pajero SUVs as test run in line with its agreement with world renowned Japanese Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.

The minister informed the president that the Pragati Industries was presently working on assembling more 100 Pajero SUVs in Bangladesh to sell those commercially.

The experts of Mitsubishi Motors has issued the certificate of marketing the Pragati assembled Pajero SUVs after conducting detail quality check of the new assembled vehicles.

Dilip apprised the president that Pragati Industries Ltd was also working to assemble Sedan in Bangladesh. ‘We can be able to sell our assemble Sedans in next year,’ he said.

The minister also informed that so far Pragati assembled 30 Pajero CR-45 jeeps and of them 15 were sold to the government organisations.

President Zillur thanked all concerned with the Pragati Industries to assemble modern vehicles locally.